Mereloshn Posted September 14, 2016 Report Share Posted September 14, 2016 Probably the single biggest difficulty I've faced in learning my chosen second language is mastering the rules of the word "The" which is complicated. It's not impossible to learn, but it's tricky when you're not used to it. In Yiddish, Dos, Der, Di, and Dem all mean "The" and there are rules for which nouns they signify. Usually Di is used for plural nouns or feminine nouns but the rest are used interchangeably. Dos is often used for neutral nouns and Der for masculine nouns but this is not always the case, they both have designated nouns to signify and they are replaced with Dem if a noun uses a verb to take action against another noun. This is even more complicated than Spanish and French which has separate gender categories for "The" based on the noun they signify. Are there other languages that have multiple words and complicated rules for the use of "The"? I would be interested in learning about how it works in other languages I have never studied. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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